Competitive Grants

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley currently helps to administer the following competitive Grant Programs. 

BOXLEY-FOX ENDOWMENT FUND

Legacy Society members Robert and Genevieve Fox Boxley of Winchester generously established this fund to support cultural life in the region, promote preservation of history in the Valley, and encourage preservation of the environmental quality and natural beauty of the region. This fund supports a wide range of artistic endeavors from theater to architecture and sculpture to music, as well the acquisition of historic land and other real properties, furniture, papers and art for preservation and public display.

About the Donors

Bob and his wife Genevieve Fox Boxley were early supporters of CFNSV, establishing the Boxley-Fox Endowment Fund in 2005. The Boxleys awarded more than $15,000 in grants beginning in 2014 and ending with a 2019 grant requested prior to Bob’s passing in December 2018.  The CFNSV Board will continue the Boxley’s legacy of giving beginning with the 2020 grant cycle.

Application Deadline and Reviews

The first competitive grant from the Boxley-Fox Endowment Fund will be 2020.  The application for this grant will be included in our 2020 grant cycle.

Grant Size, Payment, Final Reporting

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000. Grants will be awarded at our Thank You Luncheon in September. A final report, including a summary of your grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by the report deadline in order to be eligible to receive future grants.

Charities Eligible to Apply

Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities

The Community Foundation encourages proposals that support cultural life in the region, promote preservation of history in the Valley, and encourage preservation of the environmental quality and natural beauty of the region. This fund supports a wide range of artistic endeavors from theater to architecture and sculpture to music, as well the acquisition of historic land and other real properties, furniture, papers and art for preservation and public display.

Previous Recipients

In 2017 a grant from the Boxley-Fox Endowment Fund to Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute (CWI) helped to support the research, writing and installation of a permanent exhibition at the Cool Spring Lodge at the Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield, giving those who stop by the site more of a real visitors’ center experience.  The Boxley-Fox Endowment Fund also has awarded grants to organizations such as the Arts Chorale of Winchester, Barns of Rose Hill, Ft. Edwards Foundation Inc., Kernstown Battlefield Association, and the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.

Chain of Checks

Chain of Checks is a unique opportunity for community organizations to receive funds through the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. This is not your ordinary grant program, but an opportunity to be part of a year-long, community fundraising effort that culminates in a two-day radiothon at 92.5 WINC FM. Learn more about Chain of  Checks.

Grant applicants not only receive funds from the Chain of Checks campaign but have the opportunity to tell their story to the community of WINC listeners. This opportunity to reach such a wide audience is priceless. Selected recipients are active participants in fundraising efforts, helping to spread the word about the various campaign activities, providing volunteers for the radiothon, and providing information, stories, and interviews to share their story with listeners.

Applicants should carefully consider the scope of this campaign as they prepare their Chain of Checks application. Chain of Checks is not looking simply for a deserving nonprofit, as there are so many deserving nonprofits in our community. The committee is identifying nonprofits around which they can create a radio-based, fundraising campaign. Your application should inspire them!

Eligibility  

Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit the WINC listening area are eligible to apply. Since the majority of Chain of Checks donors are in the Winchester/Frederick County area, applicants from outside this area should include information about how they can help expand the Chain of Checks donor base in their listening area.

Award  

There is not an established grant value for Chain of Checks. The award is based on the dollar value raised during the campaign. The 2018 Chain of Checks campaign raised $82,007.85 which was awarded to Families Reaching Out Group for Froggy’s Closet.

Timeline

Application Available Online – March 18, 2019
Application Deadline – April  19, 2019
Chain of Checks Recipient(s) Announced – June 2019 (date TBD)
Chain of Checks Planning and Preparation – June through November 2019
Christmas in July with Alamo Drafthouse – July 2019 (date TBD)
Chain of Checks Golf Tournament – October 14, 2019
Chain of Checks Events – Continue through December
Chain of Checks Radiothon – December 2019 (dates TBD)
Chain of Checks Check Presentation – Mid-January 2020

Cochran Family Youth Fund

The purpose of the grant is to improve the quality of life for children and the communities in which they live by providing financial assistance for educational, athletic, academic, social, civic and community-based activities that involve or support children.

About the Donors

This fund was established by the generosity of Douglas E. Cochran in honor of:

  • His father, John C. Cochran, Sr., co-owner of the B and C Bakery Company,
  • His mother, Clarise Cochran,
  • His brother John C. Cochran, Jr.,  Navy Fighter pilot in World War II, and
  • His brother, Donald M. Cochran, retired controller of Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank.

The elder Cochrans and their three sons, John Jr., Donald, and Doug lived across the street from Handley High School in the mid-1900s and were active in a number of youth groups as well as church and civic organizations in our community.

Application Deadline and Review

The Cochran Grant application will be available by May 1, 2020.  Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley representatives may contact applicants for a phone or face-to-face interview and site visit. Grant checks are awarded at our Thank You Luncheon in September.

Grant Size, Payment, Final Reporting

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000. Grants are awarded at our Thank You Luncheon in September. A final report, including a summary of your grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by the report deadline in order to be eligible to receive future grants.

Charities Eligible to Apply

Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities

Priority will be given to well-established nonprofit groups or organizations with a history of success in youth welfare. Funding for specific projects or programs is encouraged.

Previous Recipients

In 2019 eight organizations received a total of $12,500 in grants from this fund.

Organization NameProject NameAmount
ChildSafe CenterTherapy Buddy$2,000
St. Luke Community ClinicSt. Luke Community Clinic Dental Program$2,000
Shenandoah Valley Discovery MuseumDiscovery Museum Camp Scholarships$2,000
Shenandoah Area Council, BSASTEM Academy$1,500
Winchester Day PreschoolInfant Room Furnishings$1,000
Hopecam, Inc.Give Hope, Get Connected - Shenandoah Valley$2,000.00
Clarke County Education FoundationHelping Our Students with Career Cruising$1,500
Fremont Street NurseryArt Program and Classroom Furniture$500

PAUL AND MARTHA REES FUND

The Paul and Martha Rees Fund is an unrestricted fund which allows the board of directors of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to respond to the most compelling needs and opportunities in our community. The board will consider grants to charitable organizations providing the following or similar services in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties.

• Improve the quality of life for the community in which they live;
• Generally fall within the following categories: education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, natural resources, and health and wellness.

About the Donors

The Paul and Martha Reese Fund was established in 2014 by BB&T in the memory of Paul and Martha Rees to offer grants to charitable and nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the people of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Application Deadline and Reviews

The Paul and Martha Rees application will be available by May 1, 2020. Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley representatives may contact applicants for a phone or face-to-face interview and site visit.

Grant Size, Payment, Final Reporting

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000. Grants will be awarded at our Thank You Luncheon in September. A final report, including a summary of your grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by the report deadline in order to be eligible to receive future grants.

Charities Eligible to Apply

Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities

The Community Foundation encourages proposals that:
• Represent an unduplicated opportunity and meet a significant community need
• Propose a specific program rather than general operating support for the organization (Grant monies are not allowed to be used for administration work/fees)
• Encourage a more efficient use of community resources
• Promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations
• Propose to generate matching funds, thus leveraging additional support

Previous Recipients

In 2019 seventeen organizations received a total of $22,500 in grants from this fund.

Organization NameProject NameAmount
ChildSafe CenterTherapy Buddy Program$1,000
St. Luke Community ClinicSt. Luke Community Clinic Dental Program$1,000
Clarke County Education FoundationHelping Our Students with Career Cruising$325
Blue Ridge Habitat for HumanityHandley Build Program and Triplett Tech Build Program$1,175
Dental Clinic, Northern Shenandoah ValleyPurchase Dental Equipment$1,500
Winchester Rescue MissionCreation of Intake/Counseling Area$3,000
Nonprofit Alliance of the NSVNonprofit Governance Symposium$2,000
Foundation for Rehab Equip & EndowmentFREE of NSV$1,000
Literacy Volunteers Winchester AreaComputer Classes for All$2,000
United Way of NSVPathways Program$1,000
Faith in Action - NSVWheels for Wellness$1,000
House of HopeLife Management$2,000
Concern Hotline, IncASIST Training$1,000
Girls On The Run of the Shenandoah ValleyScholarship for girls$1,500
Sustainability MattersCommunications & Programming Equipment$1,000
Samuels Public LibraryCommunity Outreach Expansion$500
Front Royal/Warren County CCAPSafe Food Management Program$1,500

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